Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mouthwatering Desserts with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese's Cheesecake Cheer {Mini Cheesecake Recipe}

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While I'm a fan of just about any dessert, there has always been an especially sweet spot (pun intended) in my heart for cheesecake.

There's just something about the thick, creamy consistency and the way that the delectable and luscious flavors melt in your mouth bite after bite... mmmmmm.

In fact, both my husband and I are such fans of cheesecake that instead of having a traditional tiered cake at our wedding, we had a variety of flavors of cheesecakes for guests to choose from. Original, turtle, cherry, chocolate chip — it was all about the cheesecake love!

wedding cheesecake

So, considering how much I already adore cheesecake, I couldn't have been more excited to hear that PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese has recently debuted a new website devoted entirely to the dessert:  Cheesecake Cheer.

No matter what kind of cheesecake you enjoy, there is something for everyone!

Cheesecake Cheer

From plain to pumpkin to adorned with toppings, is there anyone that doesn't enjoy a delicious cheesecake during the holidays?

Whether you already have a favorite cheesecake recipe or you're looking to whip up a scrumptious new creation this season and beyond, PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese's Cheesecake Cheer and Kraft's recipes are the perfect inspiration.

For me, even though I have long loved cheesecake, it is one item that I have been too intimidated to try making myself. How can I risk ruining this delicious dessert? Fortunately, I found a way to enjoy this creamy yumminess on a smaller, very manageable level when I realized this PHILADELPHIA Mini Cheesecake recipe was easy enough for even me.

PHILADELPHIA Mini Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Serving Size: 18


1 cup HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar, divided
3 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
Cheesecake toppings of choice

cheesecake ingredients


Heat oven to 325°F.

Mix graham cracker crumbs, 2 Tbsp sugar and butter until blended; press onto bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin pan cups.

Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crusts.

Bake 25 to 30 min. or until centers are almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate two hours.

Top with a dollop of COOL WHIP and toppings of choice.

Mini Candy Cheesecakes


While I love traditional toppings on cheesecake, I was inspired by my children's Halloween candy for these and adore the way that each one can easily end up tasting different depending on what you place on top (or mix into the batter)!

mini cheesecake recipe

Cheesecake is such a tasty addition to any dinner or holiday gathering that your family and friends will surely go back for more! I love the way that it takes dessert and gives it a unique, extremely delicious (and quite addicting) twist. I'll certainly be reaching for this Mini Cheesecake recipe in the future!

This holiday season and beyond, be sure to browse the large number of recipes available at KraftRecipes.com and CheesecakeCheer.com to find a huge selection of ideas that are creative, delicious, fun and perfect for enjoying time at home or as a guest with all of your loved ones.

This post is a part of a partnered campaign with Kraft Foods, however, all thoughts and opinions shared are honest and my own.


won said...

I have seriously been thinking about cheesecake lately. I'm glad you shared this recipe. I didn't have one I was crazy about. Maybe I'll make it this weekend.

Wendy T

Unknown said...

I love the fact that we can customize the mini cheesecakes with different topics. Love cheesecake and love Kraft!

Unknown said...

I love the idea of the mini-cheesecakes. It would seem like I would eat less that way!

Unknown said...

These look SO yummy and don't seem hard to make. I like that you can individualize them with the toppings that each person likes. I think I would substitute the cool whip for actual whipped cream because I am not a fan of cool whip but I am not sure if this would ruin the recipe. Thanks for the share!

slehan said...

I like the small size of these for parties. Most people don't want a big slice so these would be great.

slehan at juno dot com

Janet W. said...

That is the cutest dessert! I love how each one is unique with the topping! This would be great to serve this holiday season!

ArleneWhit said...

Looks delicious! I will try these out! Thank you!

Unknown said...

Yum!! Love cheesecake, mini cheesecake is a great idea. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

kmcgrew213 said...

i have wanted to make my boyfriend homemade cheesecake for years and this recipe looks very easy to make and follow! thanks!

Unknown said...

I love that you can try different cheese cake recipes. Its one of my favorite recipes!! I'll have to try these soon!

Shayna said...

Sounds great !!! These would be perfect for our holiday party at work :)


Unknown said...

That looks very tasty! I want some!

Jennifer Speed said...

I LOVE a good cheesecake and these look really yummy. My favorite is a strawberry cheesecake especially from the Cheesecake Factory.

Unknown said...

These Mini Cheesecakes look so delicious. What you did for your wedding - having a variety of Cheesecake - instead of the traditional Tier-Cake - was a Great Idea. Thanks for the recipe.

Unknown said...

yummy.that looks absolutely delicious.thanks for the recipe

Unknown said...

These look delish! I love cheesecakes!

Shannon said...

I love this idea of individual cheesecakes made into different flavors. Thank you for sharing.